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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | January 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | January 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Women in Skydiving
Gearing Up | January 2020

Women in Skydiving

By Ed Scott

Many jumpers are surprised to learn that women make up only about 13 percent of USPA’s membership, because it seems like there are more women than that at their DZs.

Author: Ed Scott
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January 2020
Covers | January 2020

January 2020

Cover

Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

Forty-three jumpers turn points over Skydive Perris in California on their way to claiming the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Four-Point Canopy Formation Skydive.

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Thomas Dellibac | D-24918
Profiles | January 2020

Thomas Dellibac | D-24918

By Brian Giboney

Thomas Dellibac, D-24918, is a highly decorated canopy pilot turned DZO. From 2007 to 2016, Dellibac was all over the competition scene.

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Featured Art | January 2020

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By Daniel Silva | B-49187

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Acrylic on drywall

Daniel Silva | B-49187
Huntington Beach, California
danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

Author: Daniel Silva
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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Sports Camera Safety

Every day, Safety and Training Advisors see skydivers walking to the plane wearing cameras that are not protected from catching a line.

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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Membership Card Disappointment

The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

Author: Rick March
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V for Veterans
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2020

V for Veterans

Photo by Tripp Schwab | D-33111

On November 11, participants in the Arizona Airspeed 40-Way Sequentials event hosted by Niklas Hemlin and Team Elite’s Guy Wright at Skydive Arizona in Eloy build a “V” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Author: Tripp Schwab
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USPA Changes Insurance Agency
Five Minute Call | January 2020

USPA Changes Insurance Agency

For decades, USPA has provided members with third-party liability insurance.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | January 2020

Corrections

 

 

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Go Big in Texas
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Jumpers Go Big in Texas

By Jim McCormick

It was cold in the early morning of Friday, November 1, at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas. Sixty skydivers from seven countries gathered to dirt dive bundled in many layers.

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Blue Skies Parachute Team Celebrates Milestones
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Blue Skies Parachute Team Celebrates Milestones

By April Schreurs

What should a demo team do when two of its members will soon hit the 5,000-jump mark? Plan something a bit special, that’s what!

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Sky’s the Limit Hosts Mystery Boogie
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Sky’s the Limit Hosts Mystery Boogie

By Dawn Pavlu

With the assistance of some fantastic fall weather, Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, made the end-of-year Mystery Boogie on October 19 a hearty slice of skydiver heaven.

Author: Dawn Pavlu
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Jumpers Honor Pat Works With Ash Dive at Skydive Spaceland–San Marcos
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Jumpers Honor Pat Works With Ash Dive at Skydive Spaceland–San Marcos

By Scott Latinis

Pat Works, D-1813, made his first jump in Texas.

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Eloy Honors Firefighter Austin Peck
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Eloy Honors Firefighter Austin Peck

When firefighter Austin Peck wrote his last wishes before passing away after a four-year battle with occupational cancer, he instructed his family to spread his ashes in a “cool way.”

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Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies Win Spaceland Transitions 3-Way Speedstar Meet
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies Win Spaceland Transitions 3-Way Speedstar Meet

By Christy West

Quickly getting to a formation of friends in freefall is fun!

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A Very Devoted Mother
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2020

A Very Devoted Mother

Photo by Eduardo Chavez Garcia

Tandem Instructor Francisco Nieto y Torres, D-37152, celebrates his 1,000th jump by taking his mother on a skydive at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

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Poland Hosts European Skydiving Symposium
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2020

Poland Hosts European Skydiving Symposium

The European Skydiving Symposium is inviting the skydiving community to attend its conference for skydivers, instructors and gear specialists at the Mazurkas Conference Center and Hotel near Warsaw, Poland March 5-7.

Author: USPA Staff
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British Parachute Association Rebrands as British Skydiving
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2020

British Parachute Association Rebrands as British Skydiving

In early December, the British Parachute Association unveiled its new identity—British Skydiving—and introduced a new logo and website.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | January 2020

Featured Jumper

Photos by Kamuran Bayrasli | D-21394

Mike Scotton (red, yellow and black rig), D-33933, makes his 1,000th jump with friends at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | January 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Mark Kirschenbaum/Hypoxic | D-28511

During the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive California in Tracy, organizer Julie Kleinwort and Jack Wang assemble a Mr. Potato Head in freefall, a fun activity that also helps to develop proximity skills. 

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Foundations of Flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 1—Slow Fall
Foundations of Flight | January 2020

Foundations of Flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 1—Slow Fall

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence
The Rating Corner | January 2020

Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence

By Ron Bell

Studies have shown that the individuals deviating from standard protocols don’t set out to break the rules.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?
Ask A Rigger | January 2020

Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?

By Kevin Gibson

Like just about any innovation or improvement, the hip rings introduced to make a skydiving harness more flexible for freestyle and freeflying have a downside. If the harness is fitted correctly so the two ends of the leg strap at the ring seldom or never make contact, no wear should appear.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Featured Event
Featured Event | January 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Marina Prokopenko comes in for landing at the Gemini Bridges geologic formation during the MOAB Boogie hosted by Skydive Moab in Utah.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | January 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Aref Al Awadhi | D-27077

Faris Al Obaid, Mohammed Al Mutairi, Nicole Arnulphy and Abraham Harutyunyan fly a tube formation at Kuwait Skydive & Fly.

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Centerspread
Centerspread | January 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Siân Stokes and Milko Hodgkinson enjoy a fun jump during Tsunami Skydivers’ Boogie in Belize.

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Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | January 2020

Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

By Christy West and Scott Latinis

Tom Jenkins always saw the value of structured competition and record performances in driving skydivers to become more skilled while also having fun.

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Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons
Features | January 2020

Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons

By Gulcin Gilbert

Around the world, October is the month dedicated to breast-cancer awareness. For many years, the skydiving community marked this month with Jump for the Cause, an event that brought women together to raise money for breast cancer research and set women’s world record formation skydives.

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